Some people just don’t have that “killer instinct”

by debi9kids on October 22, 2011

and when I say “people”, I mean my mom & I.

This past week we moved in with my parents {that’s a whole other blog post} and when I say moved in, I mean, the kids, Russ and I, the pets, a bunch of our belongings and…
our food storage.

Now, my mom has not ever been a food storage kind of mom.
She and my dad have always been weekly, if not daily, shoppers. So when we moved in, it meant setting up shelves, rearranging cabinets, moving containers, etc in order to fit our substantial collection into their home.

But, we managed and now, we have a full supply and plenty to feed the 19 people that are now living under one roof.

Well, that is, unless we get over-run.
By mice.
Because, apparently, the mice have discovered that we have moved in and have been leaving little “surprises” aka poop for us on the shelves.

And, that just won’t do.

So, today, I went to the grocery store and bought traps and mom and I set them up all around the storage bins and shelves and we waited…
and waited…
and waited…

And finally, we went downstairs to check the traps.
Only to find the peanut butter was eaten clean off of the traps and not a mouse was in sight.
{unless you want to count the brazen little sucker that ran past our feet}

Upon further inspection, we realized…
we set the traps wrong.
So, we basically FED the damn mice!

Killers we are not…
Yet 😉

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lesa October 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You are braver than me, the one who screamed upon seeing a single mouse in my sunroom last fall and made the neighbor dispose of it and then preceeded to go overboard on the traps and then stayed up all night freaking out only to call the Erhlich man first thing in the morning to have him tell me that the reason the mouse was in the house was because the girls left the backdoor open. I salute you! Also, my husband had a huge infestation when he was out in Montana last fall on a rig. They were in the trailer, his car, and many other places on location. He found that Snickers bars worked better because if you put a bit of one on the trap, it has the caramel element and is more likely to stick, thus catching the filthy little bugger.


debi9kids October 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Might have to try the Snickers if this peanut butter doesn;t do the trick.
I hate them. They freak me out.
Hoping we can keep them isolated to the garage.


Lisa October 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

LOL..sorry but that is a funny story. We have those rotten little critters and can't for the life of us catch not a one!! However luckily they have not found their way into our cupboards …yet. I think the kids leave enough tidbits around to keep them fed. I guess I need to be a much much better housekeeper. We tried those non evasive know they ones where you put the food inside and when the critter gets in the door shuts and we can set them free…well they DON'T WORK!! So I guess now it's war on mice. We've yet to see one in awhile….


debi9kids October 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

We've tried those before too (at our home) and you're right, they don't work AT ALL. ugh


Mum-me October 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Try chocolate. With traps set correctly 🙂

We once had mice in our house and I couldn't get rid of them. We tried peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, cheese, everything!

Then I found a half empty bag of chocolate drops under Possum's bed, with mice teeth marks in them!! (So we had been unintentionally feeding the mice too – no wonder they didn't wan anything else to eat!) So I removed the bag of chocolate, used what was left to bait the traps and we were mice-free within a week.


JulieBouf October 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

If you figure it out, maybe you can set your sight on our fleas next. Praying the exterminator coming Monday wipes them out!


Cindy October 23, 2011 at 4:05 am

I hate hate hate mice! We killed 12 in one week. I seriously thought I was going to die. Jim was gone out of town too. It was hell. I can't even look at them on the trap, so I make Kaden put on Gloves and get rid of them. How bad is that??


debi9kids October 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

I hear ya Cindy! When we first moved into our home, we killed 11 in one night! It was disgusting. And, thankfully, Teddy is willing to do it as well as I don't mind setting the traps, but removing the dead mice… so not for me! ack!


Kath October 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Mice and I do not exist in the same residence….for long!

Good luck!


cat@juggling act October 24, 2011 at 1:57 am

Oh I had to smile at that – I am no killer too.


Renata October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

We have just had a mice plague this past winter, so I understand what you are going through. I found that if I didn't have anything high on the lower shelves of my pantry, the mice couldn't climb up to the next shelf, so I left the bottom for them. Before I realised this I had to throw out ( well give to the chooks) a whole lot of food ~ which is frustrating!

Hope you are going well & enjoy this time with your parents.

Love to you



Kendra October 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Just an FYI, mice HATE the strong scent of peppermint! Get a bottle of peppermint essential oil…you can get at any healthfood store or GNC store. Put a few drops on a few cotton balls and scatter them where you have seen the mice. They will stay away…trust me , it works! You can refresh the oil on the cotton every once in a while. Their delicate nasal tissues get very irritated by that scent. You can google mice and peppermint and find out for yourself. Good luck!


debi9kids October 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

THIS is an awesome tip! Thanks so much!
Will be heading out in the morning to get some essential oils from the local Peace Frog.


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